April 6, 2020 •
California Legislature Extends Recess to May 4
The California Legislature pushed back a scheduled return to the legislative session by three weeks to give public health officials more time to deal with the coronavirus spreading through the state.
The Legislature now is scheduled to reconvene on May 4.
Lawmakers had voted unanimously on March 16 to suspend its session until April 13.
The initial decision last month to suspend activities at the state Capitol was unprecedented in California history.
Both houses quickly passed a $1 billion relief plan on March 16 before putting a halt to all legislative business.
Whether a return in early May will be possible could depend on the state’s success or failure this month in slowing the rate of infection.
Early spring is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the Legislature, with hundreds of bills considered by policy committees before receiving final votes in either of the two houses by May 31.
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